upper wabash river basin commission

117 West Harvest Road • Bluffton, IN 46714

upper wabash river basin commission

Join us on Thursday, October 8th at 7:30 a.m. for the UWRBC bi-monthly meeting at the Wells Co. Government Annex, 223 W. Washington St., Bluffton, IN.

COVID-19 NOTICE:  Due to COVID-19 and the related public health concerns, the UWRBC bi-monthly meetings will follow the meeting room requirements set by the Wells Co. Commissioners.

Masks are required to enter the building.

All who enter the meeting room will be required to have a temperature reading.  A thermometer is mounted on the right wall after you enter the doorway.  Place hand or forehead 2-3 inches from the thermometer and wait on the reading.  Red lights will flash if your temperature is 100.4 or over.  If you test at or above that threshold you will need to exit the building.

The room has been set up to allow for social distancing.  Chairs should not be moved.  Approximately 10 chairs are available for the public.  Once you are seated and social distanced from others you may remove your mask, if you wish.

  The UWRBC has secured 2 Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) Program grants. 

The first grant will fund 80% of the costs to conduct the Phase 2 feasibility study that will assess stream stability in the Wabash River from the City of Bluffton, Wells Co., to the J. Edward Roush Lake in eastern Huntington County, IN (approximately 18 river miles).
The second grant will provide 80% funding for a design project to address the failed streambank on the Wabash River along County Road 1100 S in Adams Co., IN.   This was one of 6 locations that were identified as impaired reaches in the LARE Functional Assessment completed in Feb. 2019 by Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LLC. 
The 2019 study can be viewed at:  https://cbbel-in.sharefile.com/d-s47fc5479fe242528

~Public Information~

The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance, in partnership with the Indiana Business Research Center, pursuant to IC 5-14-3.9, has recently released an online dashboard for political subdivisions.   The dashboard displays summary information about political subdivisions, including revenues, expenditures, and assessed values.

The URL for the Gateway online dashboard is: https://gateway.ifionline.org/public/FD/overview.aspx.

The Upper Wabash River Basin Commission (UWRBC) was enacted by the State Legislature in 2001 by House Bill 2119, under IC 14-30-4.  It was established as a separate municipal corporation, which includes the area located in Adams, Huntington, Jay, and Wells counties that is drained by the Wabash River, including the tributaries of the Wabash River.

Mission Statement

To provide regional leadership and promotion of flood prevention and control, soil and water conservation, and related resource management through a coordinated and comprehensive planning and implementing approach in which projects of the Commission will not adversely affect other landowners within the watershed.


The voting members on the Commission are the three County Commissioners from each county, the Chairman of each county’s Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), and the Surveyor of each county, or their designee.

Voting Members

Adams County
Doug Bauman
Kim Fruechte
Sandra Voglewede — Appointment for Rex Moore
Paul Norr – Surveyor
Paul Bluhm – SWCD Representative

Huntington County
Larry Buzzard
Tom Wall
Rob Miller
Jay Poe – Surveyor
Kyle Lund – SWCD Representative

Jay County
Mike Leonhard
Chad Aker
Richard Huffman
Brad Daniels – Surveyor 
Rick Imel – SWCD Representative

Wells County
Blake Gerber
Kevin Woodward
Tamara Robbins
Jarrod Hahn – Surveyor
Doug Sundling – SWCD Representative


  • Doug Sundling, Chair
  • Kyle Lund, Vice Chair
  • Sandy Voglewede, Board Secretary
  • Blake Gerber, Treasurer
  • Paul Norr, Executive Committee Surveyor Representative
  • Rick Imel, Executive Committee SWCD Representative

Administrative Assistants

Alicia Douglass

Stacia L. Henderson

phone # (765) 623-4652

phone # (260) 273-0972

Office Address:
117 W. Harvest Rd.,
Bluffton, IN 46714